2 c sugar ½ c softened butter ½ c shortening 1 c sour cream 3 eggs 5 ½ c flour 2 tsp baking powder 2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp almond extract ¼ tsp salt
In a large mixing bowl cream sugar, butter and shortening until light and fluffy. Add sour cream, and eggs one at a time, mixing until each is incorporated.
Add remaining ingredients and beat at low speed until soft dough forms. Cover with plastic wrap and chill 1-2 hours or until firm.
Heat oven to 350. On a well floured surface, roll dough to ¼ - inch thickness. Cut out cookies with cutters. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Remove cookies from cookie sheet after 2 minutes and place on cooling rack. Allow cookies to cool, then frost. Let frosting set before storing.
Notes: For best results, keep extra dough in fridge while rolling. If you have a silicone mat, no flour is needed when rolling. Parchment paper or silicone mat placed on cookie sheet produces best results. The frosting below is some of the best cream cheese frosting ever. It goes great with these cookies.
Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
11 oz softened cream cheese ⅓ c softened butter 4 ½ c sifted powdered sugar 2 tsp orange juice 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp orange zest
Beat cream cheese and butter in a large mixing bowl; gradually beat in sugar. Beat in juice, vanilla, and zest until fluffy.